Nothing lasts forever.
I just received word very recently that the publisher of an anthology I’m in will cease publication entirely, closing up shop for good. I hate to say it, but this news isn’t particularly surprising. The publisher has had a number of major personal issues crop up in his life over the last couple of years. I don’t feel comfortable relating what little I know about the situation: first, it isn’t my story to tell, and second, I don’t know all the details, so it seems grossly unfair to just fling what I know out there without context or even the full story. The end result is, Alliteration, Ink is closing its doors, so Sidekicks! and my story, “In the Shadow of His Glory,” will need to find a new home, or, more likely, the book will simply cease to exist.
I hasten to add that it is still available for a very short time. Orders through Amazon.com will likely be fulfilled, at least for the next week or two. It’s super-cheap in these last days — almost half-price — and is available from Amazon in either paperback or Kindle format. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Sidekicks-Alex-Bledsoe/dp/1939840015/ref=sr_1_93?keywords=Sidekicks%21&qid=1557152425&s=books&sr=1-93
If you prefer PDF or other ebook formats, you can obtain those through DriveThru Fiction at THIS link: http://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/112420/Sidekicks?term=Sidekicks%21&test_epoch=0&affiliate_id=234579
I’m particularly sad to see this one go. Of the fiction I’ve written, this is the story I was most proud of so far. I was also quite pleased with the entire collection: there are a lot of great stories in this book. The editor, Sarah Hans, did a fantastic job assembling a top-notch group of authors and stories, and I was delighted to have been a part of it. The reality is that books like this disappear every day: for more conventional publishing, when the print run sells through, if it didn’t move quickly enough it isn’t reprinted. For a small publisher utilizing print-on-demand and e-book processes, a book can technically stay in print for much longer without really costing the publisher any further investment. On the other hand, this book has been on the market for just over six years now. That’s a decent run for any fiction title, especially a collection of short stories. While I didn’t make much money from it — and worked my butt off organizing readings at conventions and book stores to help promote it — I’m reasonably satisfied with the end results.
To end on a more upbeat note, a story I wrote for a different anthology MAY be headed to print soon. I hesitate to be too optimistic, since there have been innumerable delays in getting this one to publication, and we aren’t out of the woods yet. However, I handed in my final draft, and have heard through the grapevine that a number of the other stories are similarly finished. I have hope this book will see publication this summer: I’ll share more details once things are finalized and it goes to print. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!